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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-28-2021, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,886
Posted By meloosifah
I donít send emails to ďnameĒ ďnumberĒ @ gmail...

I donít send emails to ďnameĒ ďnumberĒ @ gmail accounts. 99.99954% of the time they are scams.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-26-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 316
Posted By meloosifah
Sent you a PM. Thanks!

Sent you a PM. Thanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,963
Posted By meloosifah
I guess I will add that the -12 can be built...

I guess I will add that the -12 can be built however you want. You could probably find a way to add fuel as long as you’re building as an EAB only. It will be a quicker build.

For me, if I didn’t...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,963
Posted By meloosifah
The -12 is definitely going to be the easiest to...

The -12 is definitely going to be the easiest to build but is an LSA - it’s not even in the same class of plane as the rest of the RVs. The 14 is the best kit with the best instructions and could be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By meloosifah
I am converting a mostly finished project from...

I am converting a mostly finished project from nosewheel to tail wheel. It is a -7 (-9 would be similar). There is nothing hard about it (compared to building a plane) but it has taken 2x as long as...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,156
Posted By meloosifah
I have that one and the one Brian linked. I also...

I have that one and the one Brian linked. I also have a larger rectangle that is twice the mass. Between those, I donít use any other bars on the plane. I still use a large steel bar for table top...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-11-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,397
Posted By meloosifah
The problem here is that this is one anecdotal...

The problem here is that this is one anecdotal example. The reality is that wind and solar power generation in all but the most extreme examples, are not efficient. The cost to manufacture and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,156
Posted By meloosifah
Ditto on the thin tungsten bar with and angle. I...

Ditto on the thin tungsten bar with and angle. I got mine from another builder but not sure where it originated. I have 3 tungsten bars and quickly realized my huge collection of steel bars were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,931
Posted By meloosifah
Airports are a funny business these days. I grew...

Airports are a funny business these days. I grew up living at the airports. My dad was an A&P I/A and ran flight schools, maintenance shops, FBOs - we just basically lived at one airport or another....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 338
Posted By meloosifah
I was in the market for second hand kits for a...

I was in the market for second hand kits for a while and, watching the market, determined that 20-50% loss is pretty typical for used kits. The less done the better but even untouched kits are...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-18-2021, 11:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,770
Posted By meloosifah
My opinion is that you canít make a ton of money...

My opinion is that you canít make a ton of money flipping planes unless you can find the barn deals. If you look at prices for a runout plane vs a fresh restore, I donít think itís possible. No one...
Forum: RV-10 01-18-2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,730
Posted By meloosifah
I tracked sales of used kits for a couple of...

I tracked sales of used kits for a couple of years and, generally, kits seem to sell for 25-40% off new prices - the more complete, the more they are discounted. Builders want to build and donít seem...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,466
Posted By meloosifah
Modern experimental pilots are so spoiled! 😁 I...

Modern experimental pilots are so spoiled! 😁 I have a Cessna 140 that I am currently flying - an RV-7 is SPACIOUS compared!!!

I have been in all the 2 seater RVs except the -14. They all have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,466
Posted By meloosifah
I have never heard a -7 builder say they wished...

I have never heard a -7 builder say they wished for a -9, but I have heard upon several occasions a -9 builder state the opposite.

I have never heard someone say that they wished they couldnít do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,190
Posted By meloosifah
Great shop but they are scheduling out to the...

Great shop but they are scheduling out to the year 2065 (or so it seems). Super busy folks but good reputation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2020, 01:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,065
Posted By meloosifah
I took the EAA course and was a little...

I took the EAA course and was a little disappointed. Great basics of wiring but very dated. No avionics, VPX, panel discussions, etc. if you donít know how to solder or operate crimp tools, itís...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,424
Posted By meloosifah
I made 2 10” dynon screens fit an -8 panel but...

I made 2 10” dynon screens fit an -8 panel but minimal extra space. Remote nav and transponder. 2 7” stacked would be much cleaner and allow for normal avionics stack.

I would not do 2 radios unless...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,014
Posted By meloosifah
I bought an old Craftsman 220 portable compressor...

I bought an old Craftsman 220 portable compressor and hooked it up to a hard pipe system with various drops. It is remarkably quiet and the pipe system acts as a tank expansion. Itís in the barn with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,310
Posted By meloosifah
My job requires me to have a robust light option...

My job requires me to have a robust light option at all times. Around my neck on a lanyard I carry a single AAA Streamlight Micro. Is is cheap, sturdy and lifetime replacement, though Iíve never...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,343
Posted By meloosifah
Unfortunately, all of Bob Axsom's posts are saved...

Unfortunately, all of Bob Axsom's posts are saved on another computer so I cannot readily pull up his reports, but he found SIGNIFICANT improvement in racing speed by using flat tips. He essentially...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2020, 03:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,913
Posted By meloosifah
I am building on a budget and have frequently...

I am building on a budget and have frequently changed directions due to changing mission and changing budgets. I would recommend not making as many changes as I did! :)

Having said that, I would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,083
Posted By meloosifah
Years ago, the guy who hooked me on RVs (built 2...

Years ago, the guy who hooked me on RVs (built 2 -3s, a -4 and a -6 back when repeat offenders were really rare - now long departed) had an extender for his -4 that was made by cutting a harness...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,672
Posted By meloosifah
My issue is that if you go back and reread your...

My issue is that if you go back and reread your posts, you indicate that because it hasn’t failed in a very small sample set and it has been approved by the FAA, it is safe.

Neither FAA approval,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2019, 11:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,672
Posted By meloosifah
Earth X vs AGM - help me understand something...

The previous thread was closed, so I won’t be surprised . [ed. Text bashing my management style and how I run this site removed. Please read the posting rules. dr] The reality is that until fairly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,130
Posted By meloosifah
The failure of the BMS is something that has...

The failure of the BMS is something that has always concerned me about Earth-X and similar batteries. The thing is, solely from a weight perspective, which is why many people use these, you can carry...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,928
Posted By meloosifah
I tracked sales of used kits for a while a few...

I tracked sales of used kits for a while a few years ago. I found that, on average, used kits sold for 20-50% discount, depending on location (further from Vans, more value), completion level (less...
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-11-2019, 08:21 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 13,559
Posted By meloosifah
If you have any sort of drawing or schematic, I...

If you have any sort of drawing or schematic, I would be happy to take it to a couple of my foundry guys and see what they think. Sandcasting is going to be the least expensive option, utilizing a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2019, 10:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,367
Posted By meloosifah
I am curious here, as I have no idea: whether it...

I am curious here, as I have no idea: whether it is a good practice or ethical is different than whether it?s legal. What regulation requires a new yellow tag when removed from one airplane in...
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-04-2019, 02:04 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 13,559
Posted By meloosifah
I am following this with great interest. I am of...

I am following this with great interest. I am of the same mindset as you. I used to restore old Porsche air cooled engines and am thoroughly offended by the cost of virtually identical Lycomings. Did...
Forum: Tools 10-04-2019, 12:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,392
Posted By meloosifah
I can’t post pictures right now so don’t know if...

I can’t post pictures right now so don’t know if my text from phone drawing will make sense. My table has a sheet of plywood (line 1). Over that is another sheet with 16” x 16” notches cut out (line...
Forum: Safety 10-01-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,573
Posted By meloosifah
I didn?t read every response so if this was...

I didn?t read every response so if this was covered - sorry.

Space blankets are tiny, light weight and WORK! Have 3 means of making fire. Wear a paracord bracelet - gives you means of tying...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-01-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,270
Posted By meloosifah
This is exactly what I did on the -8 I built....

This is exactly what I did on the -8 I built. Never flew with it but worked great in theory. Once assembled, the 1/4? hole and wires are invisible. Conversely, in the -7 I just acquired, a connector...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2019, 12:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By meloosifah
By that logic, you can?t use an RV-8 tail on a...

By that logic, you can?t use an RV-8 tail on a -6. However, many builders do. I am hopeful someone who has done this conversion will comment.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By meloosifah
-7 vs -7a gear legs

Another conversion question (this is a complete airframe): Is there any reason why the -7a legs cannot be reused for the -7 after the conversion?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2019, 11:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 777
Posted By meloosifah
Thanks for the reply, Scott. I guess I was just...

Thanks for the reply, Scott. I guess I was just thinking that in the future simply bolting the gear assembly back in and removing a few cover plates would result in a fairly easily convertible gear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2019, 10:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,585
Posted By meloosifah
I have asked the shops about this and EVERY...

I have asked the shops about this and EVERY person has disagreed with this for this size and HP and RPM of engine. Not a single shop has any knowledge of a properly inspected engine failing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,585
Posted By meloosifah
Just an update for everyone who?s following...

Just an update for everyone who?s following this:

After speaking with every shop that has been recommended here, and a couple that were recommended locally, I am leaning towards Zephyr in Florida....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 777
Posted By meloosifah
RV 7 engine mount question

Good afternoon all,

A quick question for the brain trust - I emailed and called Van?s 3 days ago and haven?t heard back -

I have heard rumor of an engine mount with both the Taildragger and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,585
Posted By meloosifah
The idea has merit - Any idea where I could have...

The idea has merit - Any idea where I could have the crank x-rayed?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,585
Posted By meloosifah
Prop strike repair options

Hello all - I am looking for options to perform a prop strike tear down on a Lycoming somewhere close to me. I am in Indianapolis. Know of any good shops anywhere close?

Conversely, anyone have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,506
Posted By meloosifah
If you are in a financial place where you are...

If you are in a financial place where you are buying everything new, build a -14. The cost difference is negligible.

However, if you are like me, scrimping and saving, scouring the internet and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-11-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,113
Posted By meloosifah
Dynon has a pretty slick panel price estimator on...

Dynon has a pretty slick panel price estimator on their website. I found it to be pretty accurate for a DIY install. The prices I received for shop built panels were generally double the cost of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2019, 12:04 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 20,916
Posted By meloosifah
This is true. The seller sets the rules and can...

This is true. The seller sets the rules and can sell to anyone, in any fashion they choose. I just try to live my life treating others the way I WANT to be treated not the way I AM often treated. You...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2019, 10:35 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 20,916
Posted By meloosifah
Back to the original post though - if someone...

Back to the original post though - if someone asks me my bottom dollar I usually say that any offer is welcome or ask them what they think the market value of the item is. This puts it back in their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2019, 10:26 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 20,916
Posted By meloosifah
Agree totally. Anyone who says one thing and does...

Agree totally. Anyone who says one thing and does another is forever a fiend in my book and I will happily tell any and all the level of trust and respect they should afford said fiend.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 20,916
Posted By meloosifah
One other, slightly unrelated, thought. My dad...

One other, slightly unrelated, thought. My dad used to always say that in Theory a good deal is when everyone walks away happy. But in practice it?s more likely to be that everyone walks away...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2019, 08:44 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 20,916
Posted By meloosifah
As a buyer, I would find this unacceptable. Most...

As a buyer, I would find this unacceptable. Most high-end items are being purchased far from where you?re located. The chances of finding that meant condition 1970 Porsche 914-6 In your own backyard,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 10:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,146
Posted By meloosifah
If you want over-engineered, look at a Navion....

If you want over-engineered, look at a Navion. But then, it is thought that it was designed to land on a carrier (and did) so maybe not over-engineered after all. I would never put an -A model Vans...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 09:36 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 20,916
Posted By meloosifah
One thing I am realizing here is that most of the...

One thing I am realizing here is that most of the people posting on this thread are dealing with meticulously manufactured and maintained equipment, that may very well be the top 5% of all examples....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 20,916
Posted By meloosifah
I agree with this! I bought a plane ticket for a...

I agree with this! I bought a plane ticket for a Thursday to inspect and likely purchase a project advertised here by a long term member. He sold it on Tuesday. No heads up - I was out the ticket....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,058
Posted By meloosifah
This thread is totally worthless without...

This thread is totally worthless without pictures!

😁
Forum: Propellers 04-13-2016, 10:37 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 30,266
Posted By meloosifah
I agree. But that is not what the OP asked. He...

I agree. But that is not what the OP asked. He essentially asked which is better. And the tribal village of VAF, by and large, has uniformly stated that they would never trade back to FP, given...
Forum: Propellers 04-13-2016, 10:29 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 30,266
Posted By meloosifah
This is definitely something that every builder...

This is definitely something that every builder wrestles with and there is no right answer. But I still assert, to someone on the fence, that other that a very small weight benefit (many people end...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-13-2016, 10:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,078
Posted By meloosifah
I would drill them out and pull the puckers out...

I would drill them out and pull the puckers out rather than slit them if it was me.
Forum: Propellers 04-12-2016, 06:06 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 30,266
Posted By meloosifah
The decider for me was that in all the FP/CS...

The decider for me was that in all the FP/CS debate I have yet to see one documented instance of someone voluntarily trading CS for FP. I am certain my -8 will outperform my cub, even with a 2x4 on...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-24-2016, 10:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,439
Posted By meloosifah
Don't decide where to put the extra wheel based...

Don't decide where to put the extra wheel based on interior room. The -8a definitely has a little more wiggle room due to gear towers. Just do a search for -8 gear towers to get an idea. I don't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2016, 10:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,158
Posted By meloosifah
I have flown in only one -7 and only one time -...

I have flown in only one -7 and only one time - however, I would categorically insist that the stupid throttle bracket below the panel DOES interfere with my legs. I like to pull my feet off the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-24-2016, 09:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,863
Posted By meloosifah
I will give you my advice: go to your local...

I will give you my advice: go to your local airport and take enough lessons to be SURE you want to fly - my friend had the bug to fly until his first major turbulence. Decided it wasn't for him. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2016, 08:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,237
Posted By meloosifah
Around here UHaul has the small box trailers....

Around here UHaul has the small box trailers. Penske has open car haulers. I wouldn't be afraid of using either.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2016, 08:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,237
Posted By meloosifah
I moved an entire -8 QB in a 12' uHaul box...

I moved an entire -8 QB in a 12' uHaul box trailer. It hung out the back but actually worked great. Boxes went in the truck bed. Also moved a -6 QB using a 20' box truck from uHaul. Had to remove...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-21-2016, 08:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 26,373
Posted By meloosifah
I think this new announcement ensures that I will...

I think this new announcement ensures that I will NEVER use an Aveo product. They have no commitment to their products, their promises or their clientele. The reality is, however, that many buyers...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-14-2016, 09:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,965
Posted By meloosifah
I chose the Grove gear because of weight. ...

I chose the Grove gear because of weight. Between the Grove gear and a LiFePo battery, I can have my Oregon Aero heated leather seats and full Dynon autopilot for no net weight gain. Plus I avoided...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2016, 09:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,298
Posted By meloosifah
Is it a Lightspeed, Mag or Pmag? Post is a...

Is it a Lightspeed, Mag or Pmag? Post is a little confusing and the correction will depend on which you have.
Forum: Photography 02-14-2016, 09:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,006
Posted By meloosifah
I have surfed this site for years, dreaming of...

I have surfed this site for years, dreaming of building my RV. 4 failed starts due to drastic life changes. Finally at the point where I am building a panel for my long dreamed of -8. I never paid...
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